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Vaccine Resources

While Temple Isaiah remains a mostly digital congregation during the COVID-19 crisis, this page includes resources to sign up for vaccinations when you become eligible under the Massachusetts guidelines.

If you are having difficulty navigating the signup websites, or know of someone else who needs assistance, please contact us via the Caring Community assistance request page, or reach out to Rabbi Jodi Seewald Smith, Director of Congregational Engagement at and we will do our best to assist you. We are only able to help secure appointments that are available for those who are eligible, and may refer you to resources provided by the commonwealth or your municipality.

While the information below is publicly available, we hope sharing it is a convenience for many of you.

Breaking News
As of February 18, 2021, anyone 65 and above or with two comorbidities can get the Covid vaccine. More information available here


Massachusetts Government Information on the vaccine and scheduling:

Are you eligible to receive a vaccine? - Massachusetts' COVID-19 vaccination phases

Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccination data and updates |

COVID-19 vaccination locations |

Massachusetts telephone call center for those aged 75 and over: 211


Getting Vaccinated
This is an evolving list, if you become aware of others options, please email to update this page

How to locate a public vaccination sites? 

Covid-19 Vaccine Finder
A good place to start when looking to make an appointment. It shows all locations with and without availability.

MA Covid Vaccines
A relatively comprehensive information on places scheduling appointment. It shows all locations with availability.

Massachusetts (
Start here if you want to pick a location rather than look at all available locations.


Commercial vaccination websites
Note: Temple Isaiah provides the following for your reference but does not endorse any specific supplier.

Carewell Urgent Care We are hearing that Carewell often has last minute availability towards the end of the day. You need to call to find out. This may be the case for other sites as well.

Walgreens Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy (or call 1-800-679-9691) We have been told that there are available appointments at some CVS locations including Cambridge, Watertown and Malden.    

Harvard Vanguard/Atrius Health

CIC-Health (manages Gillette and Fenway Ssupersites)

Curative Health (manages Doubletree Danvers Supersite)


Person to Person Information Sharing
Note: Temple Isaiah shares the following information from other congregants but does not explicitly endorse it.  

VA Boston Healthcare System US military veterans may be eligible for vaccination at the VA Hospital facilities in Jamaica Plain or West Roxbury. These sites are currently using different criteria for vaccination as these US government facilities are not subject to Massachusetts guidelines.  Those 55 and over may currently be eligible.  Even vets who have never used the hospital might be eligible for the vaccine. 

Prayer Before Getting My First COVID Vaccine

God of Healing,
Ground me as I prepare to receive my first dose of this vaccine.
May I allow myself to feel a glimmer of hope
As I take this next step in my journey toward wellness.
In the coming weeks of In Between, as I await my second dose,
May this shot in the arm strengthen my resolve to help myself and others in need: To stay distanced physically - but not emotionally,
To wear a mask - but not hide myself away.

Baruch Ata, Adonai Eloheynu, Ruach Ha-olam, shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh.
(Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Spirit of the Universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and helped us reach this day.)

- Cantor Lisa Doob

Reopening Updates

Reopening Work Group's First Communique
February 1, 2021

I’m Paula Slotkin, a long-time member of Temple Isaiah and a member of the Reopening
Working Group. In an effort to keep the congregation up-to-date on reopening plans, I have
been asked to serve as the communications liaison from this group.

We are all very anxious to return to “normal.” We want to know when we’ll be able to meet and
greet each other in person, have the staff back in their offices, see our children attend religious
school, and participate in all of the events that bring us even closer together as a community.
In order to achieve this goal, we are working now to create a plan for the reopening of our
physical space that ensures our safety and good health.

The committee will be setting milestones for determining various phases of restoring activity in
the building. First on our agenda is to invite experts to review existing architectural and
mechanical systems in order to make recommendations to bring us in line with the CDC

As a reminder, the members of the Reopening Working Group are:

Alan Sherman, Executive Director, Co-Chair
Rachel Hayes, President, Co-Chair
Steve Deutsch
Rich Foster
Steven Jaworski
Lauren Jordahl
Kathleen Lenihan
Paula Slotkin
Rebecca Winters
Kimon Zachary
Greg Zurlo

This is the first of many messages you may expect from the working group. Please feel free to
share any questions or comments with us by emailing us at
It’s exciting to be working toward coming together in our building even as we continue to come
together in different ways today.  

Stay safe!

Updated COVID-19 Building Closure Policy
December 18, 2020

The health, safety, and well-being of employees, congregants, and community are of primary importance to Temple Isaiah. Given the increasing risk that COVID-19 poses, we are reminding everyone that the building is, and will remain, fully closed until further notice.

In light of the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth, we are taking even stronger precautions to protect everyone in the Temple Isaiah family.

Until further notice, there will be no entry into Temple Isaiah under any circumstances by anyone without prior approval by the Executive Director or Facilities Manager, or in their absence, the President. A reminder of our protocols is posted on the front door of the synagogue.

All religious, educational, and social activities have been moved entirely online. The clergy and staff are working fully remotely except in limited cases as their work requires their presence in the building.

Should any congregant feel they have a need to enter the building, please contact the office by phone at 781-862-7160 or by email at with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. We will do our best to respond to your request within 24 hours.

Employees who feel that they need to enter the building should direct their request to their immediate supervisor.

Anyone who receives prior permission to enter the building must do the following:

Wear a mask covering both your nose and mouth at all times while on Temple property, including the parking lot.

Use hand sanitizer before or upon entering the building. Sanitizer is available in the main lobby.

Sign the logbook in the main lobby upon entry and exit. This is critical both for contact tracing and for health attestation.

Maintain social distancing at a minimum of six (6) feet at all times.

Notify the office if you develop any symptoms or are exposed to someone who develops symptoms and/or tests positive for COVID within two (2) weeks of visiting the building.

This policy will remain in effect indefinitely. We will communicate any updates or changes as circumstances warrant.

We all miss the physical spaces of our beloved Temple Isaiah. However, we appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation in supporting our efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Making these accommodations today helps ensure our community’s long-term health and vitality tomorrow.

The Temple Isaiah community is strong and thriving. We remain connected to one another even as our building remains physically closed, and we look forward to a time when we can safely be together again.


Alan Sherman
Executive Director

Fri, April 16 2021 4 Iyar 5781